SPARK is a joint program between OneIT and Health Care Information Systems for IT professionals to enhance "on-the-job" learning and career mobility. Experiential learning is one way to help ensure the skills of our IT workforce meet current and future needs, a strategy under the IT Workforce of the Future Goal in the OneIT Strategic Plan, and aligned with UI Health Care’s ICARE core values.
SPARK comprises various opportunities, from one- to two-hour observational experiences to longer-term, immersive experiences, where an employee may rotate into a different workgroup for an extended period of time. The program was launched in spring 2019, building upon a foundation of previous experiential learning activities. Participation is growing, including individual job shadows and workgroup open houses, and more resources for participants and hosts are in development.